Persimmons originated in Asia, they are small pumpkin like shaped fruits with yellowy-orange smooth skin, firm with a crunchy texture with lovely sweet and juicy flesh on the inside. They are packed with vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals, folic acid and other goodness.
This is our third year visiting the Cedar Creek Orchard, it's great fun for the whole family and the kids have such a great time. They love the tractor train ride and there is an abundance of fruits on every tree from the ground to the highest branches, all within reach of the children.
On arrival, proceed to the front of shed where you can check your booking and make your entry fee payments. The tractor train will await your tour group then take you down the driveway and across the road to the persimmon orchard (Persimmonland).You will be dropped off by the row of trees in which are ready for picking and be given 45 minutes to leisurely walk around and personally select your persimmons fresh off the trees.
Plastic bags will be provided by the attendant stationed at the orchard, you will be asked to help yourself to only one piece of fruit per person, return any pickings that you do not wish to buy and please do not throw the fruits onto the ground. Persimmons are sold at $5-7/Kg. (Prices vary, depending on the season/size of fruit/availability)
Cedar Creek Orchard is proudly a 4th generation family owned and operated orchard since the 1940's. It now boasts 23,000 trees including apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons which are sold to both the domestic and export markets.
They also produce their 'Cedar Creek Black Label Apple Juice' which consist of 100% apple juice with no preservatives, no added sugar, no added water, and NO concentrates. They are available for purchase in the shed amongst the persimmons and apple bins.
When we went last Saturday, it was COLD! there was wind, rain (sprinkled on our arrival) and you definitely felt the winter chill at 8 degrees. This year, exciting news for all the coffee lovers... they have a Coffee stall out the front by the shed – buy yourself a coffee or hot chocolate to warm up!
Persimmon picking is becoming very popular, there was a good turn out of visitors despite the rain and cold. They are open all through the month of May, still plenty of stock on the trees so book yourself a tour to pick some lovely persimmons!
We like to have a picnic afterwards at the beautiful Picton Botanical Gardens. It has an undercover area with picnic tables, electric BBQ and amenities. The kids love the ship themed playground with swings and a big see-saw. There's also a duck pond with white ducks and lots of green open space and plenty of trees for the children to climb.
Take a stroll along the lose pebbled path around the garden, enjoy the tranquillity and fresh crisp air while taking in the beautiful garden scenery.The warm orange colours of the leaves on the trees, the purple lavenders, white camellias and perfectly manicured green lawn.
Built of sandstone between 1863 and 1867, it is 84 metres long and has five arches with the highest measuring 30 metre. It is the oldest Railway Viaduct and is still in use today.
At the end of Webster Street there are steps which takes you down to the creek where there is a footbridge to cross to the other side.
Places of Interests (POI)
Places of interest located off Picton Road heading towards Wollongong, if you are up for a detour back to Sydney.
Cordeaux Dam - is the most beautiful of all the dams with its Neo-Egyptian design with pylons, it was completed in 1926 the second of the Upper Nepean Dams. Located off Picton Road follow signs to Cordeaux Dam.